Kali Linux Shortcuts key Cheat-sheet

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Knowing keyboard shortcuts for your operating system can be really helpful, and it’s no different for Kali Linux. These shortcuts can make tasks like managing windows, taking screenshots, and handling workspaces much easier.


General Shortcuts

The following is the list of General Shortcuts:

Keyboard ShortcutDescription
Ctrl + Alt + TUsing this shortcut, we can open a new command line terminal.
Alt + F4With the help of this shortcut, we can close the current window.
Alt + F11In Kali Linux, we used this shortcut to maximize the current window.
Alt + F3We used this shortcut to open the Application Finder.
PrtScUse this shortcut to take a screenshot.
Super + PrtScWe used this shortcut to open Kazam (screenshot/screencast tool)
Ctrl + NNew
Ctrl + XCut
Ctrl + CThis shortcut is used to copy.
Ctrl + ZThis shortcut is used to undo.
Ctrl + SThis shortcut is used to Save
Ctrl + QThis shortcut is used to Quit.
F1We used this shortcut to online help.
F10Left click menu or cursor
Alt + F1Using this shortcut, we can open the window.
Alt + F2Using this shortcut, we can open the command window.
Alt + F7Using this shortcut, we can move the window.
Alt + SpaceUsing this shortcut, we can activate the window menu.
Alt + F10Toggle maximization state.
Ctrl + Alt + DUsing this shortcut, we can minimize all windows.
Alt + F8With the help of this shortcut, we can resize the window.

Terminal

The following is the list of terminal shortcuts:

Keyboard shortcutDescription
Ctrl + DUsing this shortcut, we can close the terminal window.
Ctrl ++This shortcut is used to Zoom in.
Ctrl +-This shortcut is used to Zoom out.
Ctrl + LClear terminal
Ctrl + CUsing this shortcut, we can cancel the currently running command.
Ctrl + AUsing this shortcut, we can move the cursor to the beginning of the line.
Ctrl + BUsing this shortcut, we can move the cursor backwards to one character.
Ctrl + EUsing this shortcut, we can move the cursor to the end of the line.
Ctrl +FUsing this shortcut, we can move the cursor forward one character.

Screenshot

The following is the list of screenshot shortcuts:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescription
Print ScreenUsing this shortcut button, we can take a screenshot.
Ctrl + Print ScreenScreenshot to clipboard
Alt + Print ScreenUsing this shortcut, we can take a screenshot of a window.
Ctrl + Shift + Print ScreenWith the help of this shortcut, we can take a screenshot of an area to the clipboard.
Ctrl + Alt + Print ScreenWith the help of this shortcut, we can take a screenshot of a window to the clipboard.
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + RUsing this shortcut, we can record a screencast.

Workspaces

The following is the list of workspaces shortcuts:

Keyboard ShortcutsDescription
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + ↑Using this shortcut, we can move the window one workspace up.
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + Page downUsing this shortcut, we can move the window one workspace down.
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + ←Using this shortcut, we can move the window one workspace to the left.
Shift + Ctrl + Alt + →Using this shortcut, we can move the window one workspace to the right.

Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

The following are the steps that we used to create custom keyboard shortcuts:

Again, these steps are for the Xfce desktop environment. Other environments also have their own keyboard shortcut menus, so the steps below should still apply.

Step 1: First, we have to search for “Keyboard” in the application launcher in order to open the keyboard setting menu.

Kali Linux Shortcuts Keys

Step 2: Next, we have to select the “Application Shortcuts” tab. We can examine all of the keyboard shortcuts that are presently set up and add our own by clicking the “add” button at the bottom. If we need to remove any shortcuts, we can highlight them and click “Remove.”

Kali Linux Shortcuts Keys
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